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Dan Lloyd ‘an emotional wreck’ after doing the double at Croft

Dan Lloyd says he was an ‘emotional wreck’ after he bounced back from a crash at Oulton Park just two weeks ago to win twice in the British Touring Car Championship at Croft.

The Excelr8 Motorsport had already qualified in a strong third on Saturday, and on race day he went even better, leaping into the lead at the start of race one, before holding on to record a first win of the season.

The Yorkshire racer then maintained that winning form in race two with a lights-to-flag win, before claiming 11th in the reverse-grid final race after he reversed the maximum number of cars.

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“I’m an emotional wreck, I really am,” said Lloyd. “The last two weeks have been hell and yesterday was good enough to come back and put it third on the grid.

“I’ve only had one win in the BTCC and that was here four years ago, you couldn’t write it!

“We made a big improvement to the car from race one and it obviously paid off. It was much easier to handle out the back.

“I preferred having my team-mate behind me than Colin [Turkington], too. It’s pulled everyone together after rebuilding the car and I’m closer to them more than ever, it’s like a big family.

“I just want to say a thank you to everyone for all the support. The last two weeks, not just physically, I’ve been through a lot, but the support kept me going.

“I came into this weekend thinking I’m going to give it my all. I went over the line, and I think it took half a second to burst out crying, I punched the air so hard I actually hurt my back.”

Lloyd has moved up to eighth overall in the drivers’ standings with 131 points, 56 points from the top of the table.

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